$15 million Mercure Aden Hotel inaugurated [Archives:2005/819/Business & Economy]

February 24 2005

Aden Bureau
Minister of Culture and Tourism Khaled al-Rowaishan inaugurated the Mercure Aden Hotel on Feb. 21 along with the Governor of Aden, Dr. Yahya al-Sha'ibi.

The Minister drew the curtain and cut the tape before the launch of the Hotel's service. Then, the Minister made a tour of the hotel and listened to an account of the components of the hotel from Sheikh Omar bin Laden who said that it is one of the great investment enterprises ever implemented by the Bin Laden Group in Aden.

Aden Mercure Hotel consists of six floors, 50 flats, and 25 wings as well as a swimming pool looking over the sea. The construction cost of the hotel, which is built over 14 thousand square meters, is estimated at $15 million.

At the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of Culture delivered a speech congratulating the investors on their tremendous efforts in establishing the project stressing the government's commitment to the encouragement of investors.

Sheikh Omar bin Laden delivered a speech expressing his appreciation for the unconditional support from President Ali Abdullah Saleh for investors and businessmen. He also pointed out that the Group had conducted a visit to Socotra Island and seen the tourist attractions over there. He confirmed that a study has been made to establish investment projects on the Island to serve tourism in Yemen.